While the music world continues to mourn the passing of David Bowie, tributes of all shapes and sizes to the Thin White Duke have been springing up in locations across the globe. Both professional and amateur artists have taken to the streets to honour Bowie’s memory, producing some often stunning works of art in a concerted effort to keep the man’s legend alive and well.
Here’s just a selection of the visual tributes that have either appeared in the past week, or have gained extra significance following Monday’s sad news.
Located in Bowie’s birthplace, the mural has become something of a shrine for his fans in the wake of his untimely death. Created in 2013 by Australian artist Jimmy C, it’s quickly turned into the symbolic gathering place for Bowie aficionados in the capital to pay their respects.
While not strictly street art, an anonymous Bowie fan in the States decided to mark the passing of the great man by buying space on a couple of billboards by a freeway just outside of Detroit. It’s an excellent commitment to his memory that surely cost a pretty penny.
Venice Beach, CA
Located on a wall just off the area’s famous boardwalk, Saatchi-approved artist Jules Muck whipped up this stunning graphic tribute to Bowie shortly after the sad news. The fact that it’s located directly next to a similarly-artistic tribute to Lemmy makes it all the more special.
Located in the city’s famously-arty Wynwood district, David Flores’ mural seems particularly suited to these times of mourning.
A city already famous for its stencil art (they’ve a Mr. Banksy to thank for that particular title), local artist Incwel’s piece ‘Still Sane’ has been doing the rounds on social media since Bowie’s passing. The Queen does look good with the Aladdin Sane flash, mind.
The Massachusetts city welcomed a graffiti tribute to Bowie this week. Located on a public walkway that serves as a dedicated space for Cambridge’s street artists, a representation of Bowie in Aladdin Sane mode looks out across a set of colourful bubble letters that form Bowie’s name. Someone else has scrawled the words “Rest in Peace” at the foot of the tribute, too.
While not strictly street art, Austin’s tribute to Bowie is still very honourable: Austin’s Transportation Department decided not to immediately remove an anonymous change to the Bowie Street sign (named after frontiersman Jim Bowie, who died in the Battle of the Alamo), respecting that the stunt was done “in memory of the musician and pop-culture icon.” They’ve said that they’ll keep the newly-altered David Bowie Street up for a week, before replacing it with the original name.
The Irish capital showed its love for Bowie through a pink-dominated street mural, created by local artist Jess Tobin. Simply superb.
An artistic tribute to Bowie sprung up in the grounds of Cirencester Park, a country house in Gloucestershire. Unfortunately, the Aladdin slash has since been removed by the spoilsport authorities.
This mural, designed by local artist Lucien Gilson, adorns a wall in a shopping mall in the Belgian capital. It’s particularly apt as it captures the ‘Blackstar’-era Bowie; an album that has taken on extra significance in the wake of his death.
An unspecified train in Switzerland has been grafittied by some local Bowie fans: two of the musician’s alter egos bookend the bubble-written tribute on the side of this particular carriage.
Not all art needs to visually beautiful, but this tribute is particularly notable for its guerrilla nature. It’s a huge, sprawling tribute to Bowie that appeared on the day that his death was announced to the world – it’s since been cleaned off by the local authorities.
The Canadian city woke up to this sidewalk-adorned Bowie tribute shortly after his passing. Local artist Victor Fraser has since spoken about how his city’s tribute was the result of recognising how “the planet [is] mourning the loss of an incredible, incredible man.” Well said, sir.